Yes being a CNA on a Med-Surg floor is pretty much the only way you will qualify for this. I should know, because I did just that! Additionally, you CAN do an LVN to RN program in CA because most LVN-RN bridge programs simply require that you have 1,000 hours paid work experience. I should know, because I just graduated from an LVN to RN bridge program. Learning to be a Nurse is a variety of things including theory and clinical. If someone has the ability to pass the NCLEX-PN without a formal education, then they are, in my opinion, just as well qualified as the next LVN applicant who want to their local adult school and had 956 hours of shadowing a Nurse from the Philippines in a SNF.